Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours

June 22, 2016

Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.
Ciao, darling! Have you got a minute, or rather 1400 minutes to spare in Milan? Si? Molto bene! With the summer sun shining upon us, 'tis the season for European city breaks: be it a Baltic tour of Riga-Helsinki-Tallinn or London-Paris-Rome or Amsterdam-Berlin-Lisbon; pick n' mix, make it your own. Take advantage of the continent's proximity (and homogenous currency) yet incredibly diverse culture by embarking on what I call the 'Euro Express' - the perfect 'short but sweet' holidays for the eager beaver on a time-budget. I've written Brussels Express and Edinburgh Express city guides, and now it's time for How To Do Milan in 24 Hours
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines...
PHOTOGRAPHY & WORDS BY JASIMINNE YIP. ALL PHOTOS OF ME BY CATHERINE LUX. ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS: 2 & 3, 4, 29 & 30,  35 & 36





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8:00am 
Buongiorno, baby! No doubt you're a bit bleary-eyed from waking up at the crack of dawn to take the early flight into Milan Linate (Easyjet flies from London Gatwick several times a day, from £30) but you've made the right choice: Linate airport is closer to the city centre - a mere 30 mintues away by taxi. Time is money.
10:00am - 12:30pm 
It's a tad early to check in at your hotel, so drop your bags off at Palazzo Parigi and freshen up at the spa on the third floor. It's a shame your trip is too short to stay in and enjoy this elegant 5-star hotel, but you're perfectly placed to enjoy Milan - Palazzo Parigi is in the heart of the fashion district and only a 15 minute walk from the Duomo. More than just the bright and cozy rooms, majestic interiors, luxurious terrace, and decadent Grand Spa, convenience and location is the real luxury here.
Immerse yourself in the Italian way of life (food) and do it in style - tuck into pasta and prosecco at fashion industry favourite Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone. The setting couldn't be more Milanese: an ivy-covered courtyard surrounded by streets paved with designer brands (Gucci, Pucci, and Valentino, oh my!), models and mortals mingling over to-die-for burrata and basil...darling, you've arrived.


Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

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01:00pm 
A hop, skip, and a jump away is the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The four-story double arcade, designed in the late 19th century is one of the world's oldest shopping malls and named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. Nicknamed 'il salotto di Milano' - Milan's drawing room - for its significance as a central Milanese meeting and dining place, the Galleria is famous for its luxury retailers, some of the oldest shops and restaurants in Milan, and hilariously, preventing McDonald's from renewing its 20-year tenancy in 2012 - instead replacing the fast-food giant with the gallery's second Prada store. Priorities, people.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

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01:30pm
Once you're free from the filigree, exit the temple of consumerism that is the Galleria and find yourself face to face with a different place of worship - the Duomo di Milano. The Milan Cathedral, dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan. The Gothic cathedral, arguably the most distinctive landmark of the city, took nearly six centuries to complete and it shows: it's the second largest church in Italy (after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome) and the third largest in the world. Avoid the peddlars who will accost you every ten seconds to try to sell you corn kernels to feed the birds. Then there's also the crowds jostling for selfies, which of course you're a proud part of. Unless you're a devout Catholic, it's enough for the average tourist to just appreciate the cathedral from the outside, or better yet...

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.
Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

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02:00pm



RAISE THE BAR AT TERRAZZA APEROL
...from Terrazza Aperol. This restaurant-cafe in the Piazza Duomo (accessible by escalator from the street level) may seem obvious, what with its neon-orange colour scheme and sickly-sweet florescent cocktails but you're really there for the view: a balcony with an unfettered view of the Duomo. Nibble on
Terrazza Aperol's signature bag of chips and their tapas-inspired gourmet snacks, and channel your inner Dustin Hoffman and order the Aperol Spritz: 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 splash of seltz or soda.
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TRAVEL TIP You'll go far in Italy if you make the effort to learn these phrases: Boungiorno (good day), ciao (hello/goodbye), grazie (thank you), per favore (please), il conto per favore (the bill, please). Cazzo and vaffanculo! too, depending on the situation...


Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.
Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

 
03:00pm 
Walk it off, you lush. I'm not an advocate of drunk-shopping (actually, yes I am) but when in Milan, shop as the Milanese do. On your way back to check in at the hotel, drop into Valentino at Via Monte Napoleone and pick up some treats for your feet. At about €730 a pop, the Rockstud sandals are about £100 cheaper than in the UK, so really, you're not only contributing to the local economy - you're also saving money. Win-win.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.


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04:30pm

You've had your fill of food and fashion, now it's time for some art and culture. Disregard Sforza Castle and The Last Supper - both relics will be there for all eternity and you've only got a brief time in Milan. This trip is all about the contemporary, and Fondazione Prada is the destination for contemporary architecture, art, and cinema. Take a taxi to Largo Isarco - an industrial zone south of the city centre - where you'll find a vast complex of ten buildings housing, among other things, a cinema camouflaged by mirrors and a 24-carat gold leaf 'Haunted House' hosting a permanent exhibition by Robert Gober and Louise Borgeois. Afterward, pop into the cafe designed by Wes Anderson, Bar Luce, and lose yourself in a reverie of pastels and movie references.
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Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.


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06:30pm 
 If you want a snapshot of yourself with a piece of ancient history, look no further than the prominent Roman ruins of Colonne di San Lorenzo. Hop into a taxi and take the 6 minute drive to the Basilica of San Lorenzo where you'll find the colonnade - a perfectly imperfect row of 16 corinthian columns. The columns were believed to be taken from a 2nd century pagan temple or public bath house structure and 
moved to the church square in the 4th century. How's that for cultural appropriation? Makes one feel so much better about using historical monuments as photographic backdrops of vainglory...
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TRAVEL TIP Surprisingly, Uber cars in Milan are more expensive. The app may be terribly convenient for getting back from locations off the beaten track, but if you're in the city centre or busy area, try to take a local taxi if you can. Or try and hitch a ride in one of these vintage cars (below), spotted during a Fiat rally...

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.


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08:00pm 

DESTINATION DINING BY THE DUOMO 
Well, haven't you been a busy bee? You must be absolutely ravenous and ready to put your feet up. Get thee to Obicà. The Duomo branch of Obicà Mozzarella Bar is best described as 'destination dining' where you eat on the outdoor terrace with an unbeatable view of the Duomo. For a restaurant right in the heart of tourist central, the food is surprisingly delicious and good value, with a mixed clientele of locals and internationals. The mozzarella and burrata selections are fantastic, as is the wine list. But really, you're here for the view - watch the sun set over the Milanese skyline while you dine. 
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TRAVEL TIP It can get a tad chilly on the terrace (even in summer) so bring a blazer to keep warm, look sharp and conceal your 'carb baby'.
Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.


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09:30pm


Take a post-dinner stroll downstairs and pause to appreciate how different the cathedral looks by night. The Duomo is lit up, making this gothic glory look even more dramatic and imposing. Should you have time in the morning and wish to see more of the cathedral that is so central to Milanese life, there are lots of cultural activities at the Duomo. This summer's line up includes music, film, and photography - from a documentary showing of L’infinita Fabbrica del Duomo to an exhibition of historic photographs offering glimpses into the city from the 1900s to modern day Milan.
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TRAVEL TIP Watch out for the 'stringmen' who will try to drape a woven bracelet (really just a bit of string) on your wrist then suddenly a hefty payment for the merchandise. If accosted, just brush the string off your wrist and march steadily on. 


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10:00pm 
 Did you think you were going to go to bed? Not a chance. It's time to hit up Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana for a cocktail (or three). The Dolce & Gabbana boutique on 'fashion street' Corso Venezia leads to a glossy-black space with an accent of colour from the blood-red dragon rising from the tiles of the floor. Through this impossibly glamorous entrance is an intimate conservatory-style lounge - Bar Martini - the perfect pregame spot for Martini cocktails before a stylish night out in the fashion capital of Italy.

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.
Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.


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12:00am 
An Armani Hotel, a Dolce & Gabbana bar, and now a nightclub by Roberto Cavalli...it seems like every Italian fashion label wants in on the lifestyle pie. And what a pie the Cavalli Club should be, at least in theory. It's got all the right ingredients: a gourmet restaurant and nightclub with a terrace and an observation tower located in Sempione Park, central Milan. 


But add a dash of Eurotrash plus that oh-so-familiar formula of pink-purple lighting and generic Top 40 chart hits, and what you get is your typical sweat fest of men trying their luck when all you want to do is dance with your girl + more than a few not-especially-stylish randoms (a lady was wearing a velour tracksuit for goodness sake. Hello, Paris Hilton circa 2002 called, she wants her uniform back). The only upside (or downside, depending on how you feel) about bumping uglies with the lot is that you can smoke while dancing which is essentially time travelling to ten years ago + a drink ticket for the entrance fee of €30. That said, the whole experience was a vaguely amusing novelty, so if you fancy it you can find Cavalli Club at Via Luigi Camoens.



Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours:  Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.

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02:00am

Now you can call it a day. Hail a cab from the club back to Palazzo Parigi and sink into your fluffy marshmallow of a hotel bed. If you've booked an afternoon flight back you might even have time for a pampering session at the Grand Spa, but if its an early flight never fear, sleep is for the weak. Arrivederci, Milano!  

NEXT STOP: BARCELONA!




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